EMail Newsletter of The Moon SocietyOctober 2010
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Moon Society heads for SpaceVision 2010
Moon Society St. Louis
Award given to former Indian Persident
New Moon Society logo banner
Origin of Phobos and implications for Martian and Lunar Economies
Why the Moon?
The Moon Society heads for SpaceVision 2010

This is the annual gathering of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, to be held this year at the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana November 5-7th. We have already arranged with SEDS national office to present a program of engineering design competitions for the upcoming academic year focused on design for a lavatube skylight explorer and student lunar communications satellite. The Moon Society, Lunar Reclamation Society, and other collaborators will offer substantial prizes.

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Award to India President
University of Luna Award Given to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India 
On September 20th, the Moon Society presented our seventh University of Luna Award to the former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, for his vision and promotion of space solar power as a solution to global requirements for clean energy economic development, and environmental restoration. We had learned of Dr. Kalam's upcoming visit to Toronto, Canada just in time to make this presentation possible. More...
Moon Society new logo
Moon Society Homepage features new Logo Banner

If you haven't visited our homepage lately, you will find that it has received  a fresh look with our new Logo Banner. This image incorporates the classic photo taken of Earth by returning Apollo astronauts, appropriately featuring Africa, our home continent. It also incorporates the full moon image on which Greg Bennett, Moon Society founder, based the Moon Society Logo previously featured in the homepage upper left-hand corner. The juxtaposition of the two middle images, the present earliest known human footprint, found in Kenya, and dating 1.5 million years ago, and the famous Apollo 11 bootprint from July 20, 1969, captures the human epic which is now solidifying its intercontinental expansion phase and preparing to become interplanetary. Earth and the Moon appropriately bookcase these footprints.More...

PhobosOrigin of Phobos has discouraging implications for Martian and Lunar Economies 
On March 3, 2010, the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter, in a highly elliptical orbit, made its closest pass ever to Mars' larger and innermost mini-moon, Phobos. Mars Express was equipped to measure infinitesimal variations of its speed as it flew through Phobos feeble gravitational field. As a result, scientists have been able to confirm that Phobos was "formed relatively near its current location via re-accretion of material blasted into Mars's orbit by some catastrophic event." The implications of this origin apparently doom hopes that Phobos could become the initial foundation of a Mars frontier economy based on Moon-Mars System trade. More:


Watch our Video: "Why the MWhy the Moonoon?"
While NASA, under new direction, heads off on a "flexible path" to near-Earth asteroids and, eventually, Mars, the logic of Moon First still makes compelling sense. Featured in this 2007 Moon Society video created by Chip Proser, are Pete Worden of NASA Ames, Rick Tumlinson founder of the Space Frontier Foundation,noted lunar planetary scientist Paul Spudis, and writer Larry J. Friesen. Tell your friends about this video, and about the Moon Society! Video link
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Frontlines: President's monthly report: click on the image link below the Moon Society announcements list on our Homepage
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